In 1986, an eight-day international festival in Burlington called Interfolk-86 sowed the seeds for a celebration of world cultures that continues in Vermont to this day. For three days every winter, the Vermont International Festival brings global crafts, cuisine, music and dance to one bustling indoor marketplace, shining a spotlight on the diversity at our doorstep. Performers such as Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Grup Anwar and Mal Maiz share traditions from West Africa, the Middle East, Colombia and beyond. Classes and demos introduce attendees to forza (samurai sword-inspired fitness), martial arts and Balkan folk dancing. Here you can wander the world without leaving the state.
- by Carolyn Fox
Dec 13, 2016